STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN WESTIN MASSEY - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 25, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael L. Acuff, Chattanooga, Tennessee (on appeal) and Jerry Summers, Chattanooga, Tennessee (at trial) for the appellant, John Westin Massey.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and Kate Lavery, Assistant District Attorney General for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Defendant, John Westin Massey, pled guilty to vehicular homicide and to driving while under the influence (“DUI”), which was merged with the vehicular homicide. The sentence was eight years with the trial court to determine the manner of service of his sentence. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered the Defendant to serve his sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction. The Defendant asserts that the sentence is excessive and that the trial court’s denial of an alternative sentence was improper based upon the facts of the case. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.

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